Williamsburg-Fern Joann Wetjen was born May 26, 1938 near Homestead, Iowa, the daughter of Arthur and Elsie (Kleinmeyer) Huedepohl. She attended St. John Lutheran School near Homestead, Marengo School and graduated from Williamsburg High School. Fern was united in marriage to Adrian Wetjen on September 6, 1957 at St. John Lutheran Church near Homestead. Fern worked for Amana Refrigeration as a secretary in her earlier years and then raised her family and was a vital part of the farming operation. She later worked for Super Valu in Williamsburg. She was a faithful member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Fern enjoyed bowling, gardening, cooking, taking winter trips to the Caribbean and was a avid Hawkeye fan. Fern especially enjoyed watching her grandchildren, fishing with them and camping at the lake during the summer. Fern passed away with her family by her side on Friday, February 7th, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City at the age of 81.
She is survived by her husband Adrian; four children, Bret (Pam) Wetjen of Homestead, Scot Wetjen, Jeff (Rhonda) Wetjen and Ann Wetjen (Larry St. John) all of Williamsburg; 8 grandchildren, Chantille Wetjen, Ashley (Tricia) Wetjen, Chance (Kali Slaymaker) Wetjen, Malory (Tim) Randall, Mikayla (Preston) Wetjen-Grimm, Garrett Wetjen, Will Wetjen and Isabel Wetjen; 6 great grandchildren, Ailea Wetjen, Eleri Wetjen, Porter Wetjen, Quinn Randall, Kiaya Grimm and Myla Randall and a sister Zelda Tanke of Deep River. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Wilbert Huedepohl and Ralph Huedepohl.
Celebration of Life Service will be 10:30 am Monday, February 10, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Williamsburg. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday at the Powell Funeral Home in Williamsburg. A memorial fund has been established for the Lutheran Interparish School, Highland Ridge Care Center or Iowa City Hospice. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com.
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Peace and blessings to all of Fern's family. Fern was a fun person to know!
Dear Ann, My condolences to you and your family. From talking to you I know your Mom was beloved and a great gift to you. I was told that a Mother's love never leaves your heart - I find that to be very true. Peace and pause as you remember and celebrate your Mother's love and legayc.
Adrian and family, So sorry to read of Fern's passing. She will be missed by her family & friends. We extend our sympathy to your family. Will miss seeing her smiling face at Highland ridge. (sorry I am out of town during time of services)
Judy & John Lillis
I was very sorry to hear about Fern. I have so many fun memories of her when we worked together at Super Valu. Sending my deepest sympathy. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
So Sorry to hear of Ferns passing. She was a great lady. So many fun memories from the campground. She will be missed ❤️
Fern was one very special lady ❤️loved her laugh and all our fun memories drinking snake bite thoughts and prayer to all the families
We are so very sorry for your loss our prayers are with all of you Dale and Pam Walter
Words fail to express our sorrow for your loss. Fern will be fondly remembered for bringing joy into the lives of those around her. Please know that you are in our thoughts during this difficult time.
- Pam Schmidt & Audie Foster
Adrian and family, our thoughts and prayers, thinking of you and past memories of your family at Immanuel. Gordon & Kathleen von Ahsen, Harlan, Iowa (son of Orville and Liz).
My deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of your loss. May the Lord give you Peace. 🌈
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